American Youth Symphony Orchestra

Conductor & Manager - Clarendon Hills Campus 



  • Serve as conductor & manager for AYSO ensembles - ages 7 -18 
  • Rehearse the ensemble at its regular Saturdays 3-5:30pm rehearsals and conduct all performances (usually 2) during the course of the September – May season.
  • Determine season repertoire for AYSO in collaboration with staff
  • Serve on the adjudication committee for AYSO entrance and seating auditions August/September and January and assist in determining placements and seating in the orchestra with the committee and AYSO staff.
  • Maintain effective communication with AYSO members, parents, coaches, and staff including: Communicating rehearsal notes, instrumentation, equipment and library needs for distribution to members
  • Assist in the development and implementation of a recruitment program in the local community through schools schools and their music instructors
  • Designate possible guests artists for AYSO concert programs with budget considerations
  • Assist in fundraising efforts and developing relationships with local and state governments, music organizations, and patrons and potential patrons, which relationships are intended to increase the exposure, opportunities and funding of the AYSO programs
  • Assist AYSO staff in playing a visible and active role in the community; helps develop the overall public image of the orchestra in the community and beyond. Speak publicly when called upon to do so as an advocate for the AYSO and music education and provide leadership in the arts community as related to music education for youth
  • Meet with AYSO staff to coordinate events, policies and artistic direction of the orchestra and programs
  • Stay up-to-date on new music and of artistic activities in the youth orchestra field; recommend to AYSO staff new activities that may advance the orchestra’s objectives
  • Collaborate with AYSO staff in developing long term artistic plans for the orchestra such as: subscription concerts, special concerts, chamber ensemble programs, tours, etc
  • Recruit & manage youth orchestra and other internal programs
  • Perform other duties as necessary


Qualified candidates, email resume to

DuPage Symphony Orchestra

Executive Director

Reporting directly to the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for implementing the Board’s strategic plan and overseeing the daily activities of the organization including managing staff and volunteers.  The Executive Director partners with the DSO’s Music Director to execute the DSO’s strategic priorities. 

Part-time, non-exempt position

The Executive Director is a part-time, hourly-wage position that offers no insurance or retirement benefits.   The typical work week is expected to average 25 hours. However, in recognition that some weeks may require more hours than others due to performances and other activities, the Executive Director is expected to use flex time, so that total hours worked in any given month averages 25 hours per week.  Hours are not to exceed 40 hours in one week.  This position is eligible for two-weeks of paid vacation per year.

With the exception of music performances and community outreach activities, the Executive Director may perform their duties from home. As a community orchestra, the preferred candidate for this role is expected to reside in DuPage County, Illinois or an adjoining county. 


Day to Day Operations and Board Updates

  • Executive Director manages the day-to-day operations of the organization including recommending, developing and executing the appropriate policies, strategies and tactics to advance the organization’s strategies. 
  • Responsible for the hiring, development and supervision of competent, qualified staff as well as overseeing and directing the organization’s volunteers.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, the information necessary for the Board to function properly and make informed decisions.
  • Plans for, coordinates and oversees staff and volunteers in execution of concert performance logistics, including music publishing/licensing rights, as well as community outreach and educational programs.


Strategic Planning

  • Provides input and recommendations to the Board in the development of the organization’s strategic plans.  Monitors progress of such plans implemented and apprises the Board of status of such plans.
  • Collaborates with Board and staff to ensure the organization’s mission is fulfilled through strategic planning, performances, educational outreach and community engagement initiatives.
  • Participates in, and may co-chair, relevant Board committees including but not limited to the Marketing and Development Committee.


Financial Performance and Viability

  • In consultation with the Marketing and Development Committee, responsible for helping develop and execute the fundraising, marketing and ticketing strategies necessary to generate the revenue necessary to support and grow the organization.
  • In partnership with the Treasurer and Finance Committee, develop and recommend an annual budget for Board approval.
  • Responsible for fiscal management to ensure DSO operates within the approved budget, utilizes resources effectively and maintains an audit trail.


Development and Marketing: 

  • Collaborate with the Board to develop donor/patron cultivation and retention strategies and help advance the organization’s visibility in the community through association, affiliation or coordination with other professional, civic and private organizations.
  • In partnership with the Marketing & Development Committee and Music Director, develop annual marketing plan, create - or oversee creation of - related marketing/promotional materials and monitor marketing plan performance throughout the year and adjust accordingly.



  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Ability to work with a Board of Directors and demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff.
  • Advanced strategic thinking and planning coupled with ability to convey the organization’s strategic future to the staff, Board, volunteers and donors.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Active fundraising experience and strong donor relations skills.
  • Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting.


To apply for this job, interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter to

The DuPage Symphony Orchestra (DSO) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1954 whose mission is to inspire and enrich the hearts and minds of the greater DuPage County area through musical excellence, educational programs, and community outreach.

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra 

Education and Community Engagement Director (part time)

Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is actively recruiting a highly motivated individual to assume the new, expanded role of Education and Community Engagement Director for our organization.

Reports to: Executive Director


Prime Responsibilities:

  • • Provide institutional leadership to grow and sustain IPO’s Education and Community Engagement
  • programs
  • • Evaluate current programming and long-range goals
  • • Use creativity and innovation to develop new programs that incorporate current educational and
  • technological initiatives
  • • Cultivate new community partnerships
  • • Initiate and oversee a wide range of community engagement activities, including specialized
  • concerts
  • • Considering the Education and Community Engagement Vision Statement and current programs,
  • work with the Executive Director and Education Committee of the Board of Directors to develop
  • strategies for propelling the programs forward
  • • Plan and coordinate educational activities for all programs
  • • Attend education concert rehearsals and performances to oversee all production logistics
  • • Oversee IPO’s online presence for education and community engagement
  • • Ensure programs meet or exceed budgetary goals



  • • Degree in Music, Education, or Arts Administration
  • • Working knowledge of orchestral music
  • • Previous experience working with youth and/or in education



  • • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work independently and a
  • willingness to be a team player in a highly collaborative environment
  • • Strong organizational, time-management, and problem-solving skills
  • • Keen attention to detail
  • • Proven ability to develop and monitor production budgets


Work Hours:

  • • Weekly office hours to be mutually agreed upon by Executive Director and candidate
  • • Nights and weekend work occasionally required, with the ability to work a flexible schedule
  • • Part time, approximately 25 hours per week


Compensation: $30,000-35,000

  • Salary commensurate with experience and competitive within the nonprofit sector
  • Annual paid time-off as negotiated


Timeline: Materials will be accepted through October 10, 2021. Interviews will begin as early as

September 14.


Position start date: October 15, 2021, or when filled


Interested persons should email resumé and letter of interest to Christina Salerno, Executive Director, with subject line “Education and CE Director” to:


IPO’s commitment to Equity Diversity and Inclusion can be accessed HERE


Information regarding IPO’s Education and Community Engagement programs can be viewed HERE


Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer